The mission of the Patrol Bureau is to protect and serve the community of Gila County through patrol, education, training and other community involvement that reduces or eliminates criminal activity, teaches crime prevention, and encourages residents to enjoy safe homes and neighborhoods.
Eight squads patrol Gila County with 3 squads in the Globe area, 3 squads in the Payson area, 1 squad in the Roosevelt area and a School Resource Officer Squad. To date, the Sheriff's Office has four substations throughout Gila County.
- Squads stationed at the Gila County Sheriff's Globe Office patrol from Roosevelt Bridge south including Roosevelt, unincorporated areas of Globe, Miami, Hayden, Winkelman and Dripping Springs. The Globe area squads also handle calls on the San Carlos Reservation involving non-tribal members.
- Squads stationed at the Gila County Sheriff's Office Payson Substation patrol from north of the Roosevelt Bridge including Tonto Basin, Star Valley, Young, Pine and Strawberry.
- Squads stationed at the Gila County Sheriff's Office Roosevelt Substation patrol the communities of Roosevelt, Tonto Basin and Roosevelt Lake, including the Salt River.
- Squads stationed at the Gila County Sheriff's Office Young Substation patrol the community of Young and surrounding areas.
Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigations Division investigates any criminal activities that occur in the unincorporated areas of Gila County. The Criminal Investigations Division cases may involve homicide, theft, burglary, shoplifting, assault (as well as attempted assault), bribery, robbery or any other criminal activity. Additionally, the Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for registering and tracking sex offenders who reside in Gila County, this also includes community notifications.
The K-9 Unit consists of three Deputies, one Sergeant and 6 K-9s. Two K-9s are single purpose narcotics detection and two are narcotics detection and dual trained as patrol dogs. One K-9 is a single purpose explosive detection and a second is trained in explosive detection and cross trained as a patrol dog. The narcotics detection K-9s are trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines. The explosive detection K-9s are trained in twenty one different explosive odors. The patrol K-9s are utilized for building searches, area searches, trailing and tracking along with evidence recovery searches. The Sheriff's Office currently has two K-9 units assigned to the patrol division and two K-9 units assigned to the Gila County Drug, Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force.
Gila County Drug, Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force
The mission of the Gila County Drug, Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force is to provide all citizens of Gila County a comprehensive, coordinated narcotics, gang and violent crimes enforcement Division composed of local, state, federal resources and personnel. Through the professional investigation, apprehension, and conviction of street and mid-level drug violations as well as community education to deter future violations; the Task Force will strive to reduce drug and gang related crimes thus improving the quality of life for all residents of Gila County.
Lake Patrol Division
The Gila County Sheriff's Office is one of a few in the state responsible for patrolling waterways. Roosevelt Lake, which is 19,199 surface acres in size, falls within Gila County. The Sheriff’s Office, along with Arizona Game & Fish, is tasked with enforcing watercraft regulations. Deputies inspect boats to ensure operators are carrying the required equipment and observing all water related laws. In addition, the Roosevelt Substation provides safe boating education classes to the public and works with a variety of federal, state and local agencies.
School Resource Officers (SRO)
School Resource Officers play an important role in Gila County Schools. The SRO Squad has a presence in Hayden/Winkelman, Miami, Tonto Basin, Pine/Strawberry and Young area schools. Three uniformed Deputies teach law related education to the students based on an approved curriculum and serve as much valued connection to the school districts.